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cutting ceremony. >>> more now on the downfall of the now former cia director david petraeus. u.s. government official is telling cnn the affair that caused petraeus' stepdown was first revealed through an fbi investigation. suzanne kelly has more now. suzanne? >> we now know from a u.s. official it was a complaint that paula broadwell, the woman who wrote the biography of general peatry was was sending harassing e-mails to another woman that prompted the fbi to investigate. also we know from that source that the investigation led to the discovery of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus that indicated the affair. that second woman hasn't been identified and the official we spoke with didn't know the nature of that woman's relationship with the former director. but more details are coming out about the time line of events and when u.s. officials were notified of the circumstances of this investigation. senior u.s. intelligence official tells cnn the fbi informed the director of national intelligence, james clapper, about the investigation on tuesday night, election night, just as
on this. >>> now petraeus was appointed cia chief last november. before that, he was the commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan. we get more on his legacy and unexpected resignation from chris lawrence. >> reporter: he sent this letter to the rest of the cia on friday admitting to them that he had an affair and that he went to the white house on thursday and asked president obama to accept his resignation. on friday, during a phone call, the president did accept that resignation. effectively shaking up the national security team just days after the election. by the time david petraeus got his first taste of real combat, he was a 50-year-old major general. in 2003, he commanded the 101st airborne during the march on baghdad. it was in iraq that he asked a roert, tell me how this ends suggesting trouble the u.s. would have there in later years. they gained the nickname king david, used affectionately by supporters and by those who labelled him a celebrity general in 2007 president bush assigned petraeus to lead the troops in iraq and he wrote the petraeus doctrine. a scandal broug
. overnight, he was in myanmar. the country formerly known as burma. this is the first time that a sitting u.s. president has visited that country. mr. obama met democracy activist turned lawmaker aung san suu kyi. and says the country's made great strides toward democracy in an incredibly short amount of time. >> i want to make a pledge to the people of this country, that i am confident we can keep. that is if we see continued progress towards reform our bilateral ties will grow stronger and we will do everything we can to help ensure success. >> he was on the ground there for six hours. suu kyi struck a note of caution, warning of the risks of a mirage of success in myanmar. cnn's dan lothian is traveling with the president. he will have a live report just ahead. >>> vice president joe biden gets a good look at what superstorm sandy left behind in seaside heights, new jersey. he met with first responders who lost their homes. he also checked out the battered coastline by helicopter yesterday. president obama vows to help the area make a complete recovery. >> but the president's made it clear
was interviewed by the fbi, but it's not clear if broadwell has been questioned and if she will be. a u.s. official said petraeus was never a target of an investigation and that a tip about an affair led to that probe. now, general petraeus was scheduled to testify next week about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. now what happens now that he's gone? suzanne kelly is in washington with that part of this big story. >> susan, as washington reels from the announcement not only that david petraeus is stepping down from the post, but also from the admission he was having an extramarital affair, a u.s. official has said the counter intelligence unit was investigating a tip that he was having an affair because they needed to determine whether there was a potential security risk. the official telling cnn there was no suggestion that the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing. now, if there were an official investigation focused on the cia director, that would have been something that the congressional oversight committees would have been briefed on. it's a matter of s
, chris lawrence. back to that fbi investigation, a u.s. official tells cnn that the fbi was not investigating them for any wrong doing, it was just about protecting him from blackmail, but that explanation is not setting well for some. >> the idea that the fbi is investigating the cia director for an extra marital affair is extraordinary. i have never seen it happen, and it smacks of george orwell. it's more to do than with sex. there is something going on they can't explain. >> this also raised questions regarding the role of the white house and the timing of the announcement. >> this is the key question right now in front of everybody. how extraordinary would it be that you have this type of fbi investigation into your cia director and the president is not informed of it? the word is circulating that the president was not aware that only one petraeus came to him, but it really seems to believe that someone in the white house didn't know that the fbi didn't inform the white house in some fashion. >> earlier, we talked to fran townsend who thought back to her days in the
still has faith in john allen, the current u.s. commander in afghanistan who is now under investigation by the pentagon's inspector general for what officials describe as potentially inappropriate e-mails with one of the women directly involved in the case. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, has more on an ever-widening story. >> reporter: the scandal involving two very different women, tampa socialite jill kelley and petraeus biographer and former mistress paula broadwell ensnared not only petraeus but his successor. marine general john allen who took over from petraeus in afghanistan and is the president's choice to be supreme allied commander of nato forces in europe, a nomination now temporarily on hold. >> thank you for all that you have done, for me and for our precious daughters. >> reporter: the general is married with a sterling record. but on a flight to australia monday night, aides to defense secretary leon panetta disclosed a dramatic turn in the petraeus case. fbi investigators had uncovered what the pentagon called potentially inappropriate commun
, victor, a u.s. official tells cnn the fbi was investigating a tip that david petraeus was involved in an extramarital affair with paula broadwell. she is his biographer. broadwell spent a year with petraeus in afghanistan interviewing him for the book she co-wrote about him. it's not clear whether broadwell is the woman with whom petraeus has admitted to having this affair that led to this resignation. the official says that the fbi counterintelligence unit investigated the tip to see if there was a potential security risk, whether petraeus could possibly be blackmailed. the official tells cnn there was no suggestion the fbi was investigating petraeus for any possible wrongdoing, but the concern, rather, was that he might be putting himself in a vulnerable position. >> we know that a lot of the questions from online that i've read, some of the comments on cnn.com, there's questions about the timing. let's start with what it comes after, the presidential election. what if we found out about that connection, if any, and why this comes just days after the election? >> reporter: well,
witt" starts now. >>> on the brink. fighting escalates in the middle east. what's the u.s. role if it turns into a ground war? we discuss it next. >>> let's make a deal. the latest in talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. should we believe lawmakers will get it done and get it done soon? >>> new twists. the two women behind the falls of america's top spy and how they ended up at the white house on more than one occasion. the saga continues. good morning, everyone, welcome to "weekends with alex witt," we're going to get to what's happening right now out there as we have breaking news on the escalating and deadly crisis in the middle east as it enters its fourth day. overnight explosions could be seen, you see them there, over the gaza skyline. israeli officials say a rocket from gaza injured three soldiers today. israel expanded its air assault, bombing the prime minister's compound and other official buildings. the assault also killed a hamas commander. in israel troops are gathering at the border where many roads into gaza are closed. the military is ready for a ground assault with
's amazing. >> the other thing i find amazing is i remember going through the u.s. treasury in the height of the financial crisis, and back then, you had officials who were scribbling down important facts and figures on scrap paper because that was one of the few things they were able to legally throw away and get rid of. and if you go around other branches of the u.s. government today, people are intensely aware of the risks of e-mails being kept. if you go and talk to private sector banks, nobody working on a bank trading floor these days can possibly not be aware of the risks of tracking thoughts and e-mails. and yet somehow the military just seems not to have noticed this. it is very, very striking. >> there's one other dedataidei this "journal" story, kelley had second thoughts. and people said they made the request, quote, she was worried about the personal information being provided to investigators. >> like the diplomatic license plates. >> talk about the horse after it's left the barn door. >> you predicted fiscal cliff would be the fifth question. it's going to be our second top
and he was forced to resign as the cia director. well, now the general john allen, who is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, is being investigated for trading alleged quote flirtatious e-mails with ms. kelley over the last couple of years. we're hearing from ms. kelley for the first time in a 911 call to t don't know if by any chance, because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. i'll let the officers know. >> thank you. >> meantime, the senate intelligence committee wants to be briefed both by petraeus and his replacement, michael morrell. cnn's jill dougherty is at the state department digging into some of this really confusing web i think it's fair to say. good morning to you, jill. >> hey, soledad. you know, let's begin with that honorary consul general. in tampa, apparently, from what we can understand, jill kelle
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motors after the 1960s, the u.s. army after world war ii, the republican party has been slow to change to a new reality because what it used to do used to work so well and it's so difficult to admit it doesn't work anymore and hasn't been working for a long time. >> is it just because there aren't the percentage of white people in the population is diminishing? >> no, it is not about that. it's not about the latino vote only. it's about the american middle class. it's that the republican party developed in the 1970s a series of very powerful answers to the problems of low productivity and high inflation and the soviet challenge, and now in the 21st century in all of those problems have been solved and we have new problems of inequality, high health care cost and the chinese challenge, they are offering still the same ideas that worked against completely different problems. it's like giving antibiotics to somebody who is suffering from mental depression. >> i was watching this whole thing that's going to go on, congress marn, congratulations on getting re-elected. hannitys a one view, w
long after they arrived at tampa, mcdill air force base, home of u.s. central command, where he became the commander october 31st, 2008. my understanding is that the kelleys hosted a dinner not too long after they arrived and took command to start introducing him to the community, those that might be more notable, and she was very active in the military support, fund-raisers for different causes, worked with holly many times in these types of projects. they have been to each other's homes. they did things as couples. >> the other question that's causing some sort of raised eyebrows is the fact that the white house appeared to have had no information about this. it just seemed to stretch credulity that the director of the cia could be interviewed by the fbi over a scandal that could potentially cost him his job, and at no stage has anybody from the cia or fbi or david petraeus made any contact with anyone at the white house to alert them to this. >> piers, you're going to have to talk to folks back in d.c. on their process and what rules, regulations are concerned about that. we have no
resignation, wants to bring in msnbc military analyst, retired u.s. army colonel, jack jacobs. colonel jack, thanks for sticking around. first of all, let's start with where vic left off. what do you make of the timing of all of this? >> i don't see anything untoward about this. i think the fbi investigated as quickly as they could. i think as soon as they found something out, they talked to him. there was a bit of a delay in notifying the president. but that's something else altogether. you were asking about gen ben ghazi, do you want to talk benghazi? >> yeah. >> you've been on the ground. you know, you know what it's like to be on the ground when your intelligence is no good, i think from a military standpoint, i don't think it made any sense whatsoever to send a quick reaction force, which would neither be quick, nor would it necessarily be able to react to what was on the ground. by that time, anyway, ambassador stevens was dead. >> let's talk about from a personal standpoint. i know that you have known david petraeus and his wife, holly, for about the same length of time that they've
the u.s. helped develop has been knocking rockets out of the sky. instantly, radar detects a rocket's trajectory, firing an intercepting missile. so far the system has knocked out over 300 rockets, with a stunning 90% kill rate. israel has authorized the call-up of 75,000 reserves. tanks are already massing on gaza's border. another one of the sirens is just going off. this has been happening all day here. driving around, you see people trying to take shelter under the buildings and i'm going to pull over right now, too. some of the rockets get through. this one punched through several stories of this building and into alex's apartment. he didn't notice the sirens. his dog did. barking incessantly and forcing him to leave the room, a move he says saved his life. i want you to see this hunk of shrapnel. which penetrated a safe room on the second story. now, to give you a sense of the symmetry of cost here. the rocket that this came from, likely cost about $500. now, the iron dome missile sent to intercept it, $100,000. david? >> matt gutman tonight, thank you. and so, what's next? le
asian nation of myanmar. she the first u.s. leader to ever go to that country which is also known as burma. mr. obama has already met with myanmar's leaders with aung san suu kyi. the president has also praised myanmar's move towards democracy and urged the country to continue making further reforms. >>> vice president biden spent sunday getting an up close look at the area devastated by superstorm sandy. the v.p. toured seaside heights. he later surveyed the damage in hoboken. he later met with supporters saying rebuilding is, quote, a national responsibility. >>> and in new york, city officials plan to demolish about 200 homes severely damaged by sandy. in some cases, the danger of collapse is so great, they'll be bulldozed before the owners are notified. another 500 homes are being inspected and could be torn down as well. >>> most of the country is expecting a mild week which clears the way for a pretty smooth thanksgiving getaway. but that is definitely not the case in the northwest. a major storm is washing out holiday travel plans in that part of the country. seattle, portl
community. now president obama makes this historic trip, becoming the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, country formerly known as burma. a rousing welcome for the president. a sea of people eager to catch a glimpse of the motorcade. uniformed school children waving u.s. and myanmar flags for miles. a red carpet welcome. mr. obama made an unannounced stop, a 2,000 year old holy site, center of buddhaism. a monk led them in a ceremonial pouring of water over the head of a buddha statue. then it was off to aung san suu kyi's house, where the activist lived under house arrest for years. >> i would like to say how happy i am to receive president obama in my country and in my house. >> reporter: later, the president formally addressed the people of myanmar in a speech at a university where he justified his trip to this not yet free country. >> i sent a message to those governments that ruled by fear. i said in my inauguration address we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under the president, the desire for change has been met by agenda for reform. so today i've come
of a u.s. ambassador. >> and the president of the united states and his press secretary said the same thing. >> yeah. >> why susan rice? katty kay, we're in for a heck of a bruising fight. do you agree with us that the republicans will be playing into david plouffe and david axelrod's hands here? >> yes, and that's exactly what the white house is realizing. on the merits of it, if john mccain was indignant about what happened in benghazi, the person he should've called out was the secretary of state. and so, presumably, the person he should be saying was unfit for office if there was anyone he was going to call out would be at the top of the state department. that's not what susan rice's job was to deal with security in bengha benghazi. >> you all can defend susan rice, but i can't. seriously. >> still ahead, we'll be talking to the "washington post's" eugene robinson. also, author nate silver will be here. >> that'll be fun. >> i'm not going to ask for an apology. >> who's the guyen o the right? >> this guy on the right. >> handsome devil. >> he is. senior adviser to open society fou
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